Liebster Award!

My friend {and fellow blogger} Kiera (who looks like a super model) nominated me for a Liebster Award! Liebster Awards are given to bloggers by bloggers to get to know one another a little better. Kiera and I know each other from an internship we both had at Philadelphia Style Magazine a few years back. We worked a style event together, were there entirely too late, and became fast friends! She’s an extremely talented writer who recently graduated with a Journalism degree from Penn State. Her blog is called kieroyal and it’s all about her love for culture, spontaneity, fashion, fabulous events and just everyday life! You must check it out. I’m so humbled she thought of me to nominate! Thanks Kiera! When nominated for a Liebster Award, you are given 11 questions to answer about yourself. Here are my answers to the 11 questions Kiera asked me.

1. When did you start your blog and why? I started my blog not even a month ago to document my travels through Europe! My husband and I are traveling from city to city for three months to explore the magic of Western European culture. I wanted a place other than Facebook to jot down my experiences, tell my stories and share my photos. So I thought, why not blog about it! This gives my friends and family access to my adventures.

2. What is your favorite place in the world and why? Vienna, Austria. It is so charming and the people are so nice. I am just so in love with the city!

3. Who is your style icon? Audrey Hepburn. Her timeless grace, class and elegance have made her my go to style icon. I also love Grace Kelly and Jackie O 🙂

4. What is your go to drink? In Wisconsin, a Miller Lite or a Spotted Cow. Everywhere else, a Hendricks and Tonic or a glass of Prosecco.

5. Are you a morning person or a night owl? A night owl. I have terrible morning hair and am typically crabby until at least noon.

6. Where do you find inspiration for your blog? Really just my friends and family who are constantly encouraging me to write about my stories! I am also obsessed with Travel + Leisure magazine. I read it a lot. So I suppose a good chunk of my inspiration comes from there!

7. What do you do to relax? I like to bake! I’m not very good at it, but I’m slowly getting better. Unlike cooking, baking has such straight forward step by step directions, which is really nice! I find it soothing. And the kitchen aid mixer really helps!

8. Describe a room in your dream home. I dream of having a white kitchen. Ideally with a stained wood island to give it that tarnished look with a butcher-block countertop to really enhance the nostalgic feel while balancing the white cabinetry. I dream of having a farmers sink and a professional gas cook top stove. It would also be really nice to have a refrigerator with not only the flat water option, but fizzy water as well!

9. Where is one place on your travel bucket list that you haven’t been yet? I have been dying to go on an African Safari since I can remember! I would love to “glamp” in one of those luxurious tents while exploring nature at its best. I’ve always wanted to experience Africa and be one with the animals for a week or two. Also, I heard the sunsets are unreal.

10. Who is your celebrity crush? Leonardo DiCaprio. I know he’s getting kind of old, but he’s just so cool! And he loves his mom so much, which I think is really sweet 🙂 Also, he’s so dreamy!!

11. What are your blogging goals for 2014? My goal is to keep my friends, family and blog readers entertained with my stories about my travels and experiences. If I can keep people interested with my posts and maybe give them a little travel inspiration, I’ll be extremely happy! I hope to continue with my blog even after my three month European excursion and share my tales with my kids one day.

After being nominated for this award, it is your turn to nominate a fellow blogger you feel deserves it! So I am nominating my high school friend, Chelsea Brutus Fillhouer, who has an adorable blog called Newly in Nashville. Her blog documents her new life in Nashville, TN! Being a new homeowner, a new teacher and a newlywed, she shares some really cute stories everyone can relate to.

Here are my 11 questions for you, Chelsea!

1. Who is your biggest inspiration?

2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

3. What is your all time favorite meal?

4. Do you enjoy relaxing tropical vacations, or adventurous vacations?

5. What is the first thing that you do in the morning?

6. Do you prefer going out or staying in on a Friday night?

7. What do you do to keep fit and healthy?

8. What is your go to cocktail?

9. If you had a magic lamp, what would you wish for?

10. Who is your celebrity crush?

11. What are your blogging goals for 2014?

Happy Blogging!!